and the worst dressed award goes to…..

One of the first questions I was asked when I told people I was going to OSU for my MBA was, “Did you get football tickets?”  Despite getting an education at one of the top programs in the country, most people are more envious of the student football tickets at student prices.

So along with the amount of work on our plates, it has been one of my priorities to enjoy these highly coveted tickets.  However, I have discovered that I still have a lot to learn.  For example, I think that I have continually won the worst dressed award for the games that I have been to.  And I want to take most of the blame, but I am also giving part of my award to weather.com.

For example, for the first game against Illinois, on weather.com, the forecasters reported that rains should end by the 3 o’clock kick-off.  So I didn’t bring any rain gear at all.  By the fourth quarter, when I was shaking uncontrollably and soaked down to the skin, we decided it was time to head back to drier places – The Thirsty Scholar.

Then again, this past Saturday, at the Minnesota game, weather.com forecasted that it should be in the high-50’s.  I thought I dressed appropriately, however, it felt more like in the the 30’s.  Thankfully, one of the second years saved me by lending me some mittens, otherwise I would have been too cold to fully enjoy the coveted experience.

I am going to believe that my next game I am going to get it right.  One, I am not listening to weather.com, and two, I am going to hope that “third times a charm” holds up for me, and I will finally not be the worst dressed for another game.

Until them, “Go Bucks!”

TerrorFest with GHRA

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Okay, I’m a little late with this post, but it’s better late than never.  Last Friday, the member of GHRA (Graduate Human Resources Association) got together for the first time this school year to celebrate the coming of Halloween.  It was a great opportunity to not only get together with some of my classmates outside of the classroom, but also a way to get to know the 2nd year MLHR students a bit better.

We started the night of by meeting at the Gateway, in which we then headed to the Haunted House.  I didn’t know this, but someone pointed out that this haunted house was rated amongst the Top 25 in the country.  Once arriving, we decided to partner up as we made our way through the old abandoned warehouse that had been filled with goons and goblins.  It was the most extravagant haunted house I’d ever been to.  You could tell that a lot of money was spent on making it a great production.  After the haunted house we headed back to the Gateway for some mixing and mingling.  We enjoyed food and adult beverages, followed by a little bit of dancing.  I can say that this was probably the best part of the night for me.  It really allowed me the chance to get to know my classmates a great deal better.  In addition, I was able to speak to some whom I had never spoken to before.  All in all it was a great Friday night.  Can’t wait to do it again.

Say Cheese!

Dinner@Blewitt’s

Last week I went to meet the source of inspiration for our team. She is the little Norah. Thanks to Brain Blewitt and Emily who invited us to their house for dinner. It is a beautiful house with all the warmth and closeness possible.

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DSC02843The moment I met Brian’s wife, Emily, I asked her –“Are you from Scotland ?”…..Bingo! I was right. Her parents are from Scotland, though she never got a chance to go to Scotland.

Soon Lauren walked in. She was dressed to kill. We had an wonderful conversation.

We talked about how they fell in love when they were working for a church in Germany and they showed us their pictures.

Emily is a wonderful cook. She made pasta, salmon, salad and lots of add-ins for us. The Fish was awesome. Lauren has an allergy to Fish, so I got to eat all of it. She made some pie too for dessert.

DSC02842In the house in the corner is a board on which was written- “They may forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

After the food, I took some salmon for my roommates and Lauren took some pasta. Brain, Emily and Norah dropped me back and the whole beautiful dream run ended when I got back home to remember that I have some assignment due next day.

Thanks to Brian,Emily and Norah for such a wonderful dinner !

GHRA Social Events

Being one of the Social Chairs for the Graduate Human Resources Association is a ton of fun!  We have some really great events coming soon.

The trip to Terror Fest was a blast and people were screaming their heads off.  Talk about a great way to meet fellow classmates!

Next week, we are doing a pre-class meet and greet at Buffalo Wild Wings at 3:30 so we can get to know each other  in a non-academic setting.

Upcoming events include a Holiday light show, a Blue Jackets game, and even a trip to the funny bone!

I can’t wait to plan these events and see both 1st and 2nd year GHRA members out in full force!

Andrew Bird and my first midterm exam

Monday night I went to the Andrew Bird and St. Vincent concert at the Southern Theatre. This show, like the Wilco show, was put on by the Wexner Center and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the theatre until the end of St. Vincent’s set because I was doing some last minute studying for my MBA 870 midterm. The few songs we did see were good though. Andrew Bird took the stage at about 9:15 PM and played by himself for most of the show, using loop pedals to make the songs sound more full. St. Vincent also came back out to play a few songs with Andrew Bird towards the end of the set and they sounded great. You can read reviews of the show here and here.

One thing that I’ve learned so far this quarter is that I need to plan ahead a little better. Because I went to the Notre Dame football game on Saturday and the concert on Monday, I didn’t have a lot of time to study for my midterm on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I still have one more weekend of this. On Sunday I am going to the Bengals – Bears game in Cincinnati and on Monday I am going to the Gaslight Anthem concert. I am also going to the Jay-Z concert on Wednesday, but fortunately my MBA 812 midterm is on Tuesday. Going forward I am definitely going to plan better so that I am not stressed out about my tests because I don’t have enough time to study. Luckily, I did well on my midterm so I guess that means that I can carry the heavy workload (although I don’t plan on doing this again).

Below are a few pictures from the concert.

Opportunity Only Knocks Once – Proverb

Hello again. The principal purpose of the My Fisher Grad Life experiment is to give prospective students a perspective into what it’s like being a graduate student at The Fisher College of Business. I hope that you have been able to cut through my thinly veiled attempt at humor and that  I have provided some insight  into what MBA student life is really like.

First, BOILER UP! Even though I am now a Buckeye I will always be a Boilermaker at heart.  Hopefully this win for Purdue will make tickets to the upcoming Iowa game cheaper. Another reason to enjoy the win!

Second, I’ve noticed a peculiar state-of-mind develop among myself and my fellow MBA classmates. Obviously, we are all occupied with coursework. In fact, between classes, group meetings, and homework – coursework itself is a significant time commitment (if you’ve been following my posts, you already knew this). However, coursework isn’t what consumes our thoughts or conversations.

Rather, the tremendous amount of opportunities in extracurricular and personal/leadership development activities seem to consume us.  Conversations typically cover what lunchtime information sessions, speaker,  interviews for various organizations, or team meetings for non-course related projects we are going to attend.

As an example, here are the extras I am participating in (or plan to participate in):

My short list of activities just scratches the surface of what is available. A more complete list of Fisher’s student organizations can be found here.

Professors, if you are reading this, please don’t interpret this as a reason to make your courses more difficult. The last thing I need is the class hating me for something like that! They are challenging, I assure you.  Classes are table-stakes – everyone does it. I think each student differentiates himself/herself by his/her performance in the classroom and by which of Fisher’s unique opportunities he/she takes advantage of.

I apologize for the relative sincerity of this post. More humor will follow.

Caveat lector. Finis.

Football is to Fall…

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Football Saturdays at Ohio State are notorious, especially if you live at Fisher Commons – notorious for tailgating, traffic and tons of fun!

Although I have a degree from another Big Ten school (Go _ _ _ _ eyes!) I was never a huge football fan before coming to Fisher. In fact, I can’t say that I’ll be leaving school as a huge fan either. But what I can say is that I have had a lot of fun partaking in all that the football festivities have to offer.

The Wisconsin game a few weeks back was a particularly excellent event (despite getting stuck in traffic for 30 minutes trying to drive the 2 blocks it should take to get from 315 to Fisher Commons).

We ate kettle corn, drank Fat Tire (a personal favorite and generous gift from a most favorite out of state visitor), wore Buckeye necklaces, listened to tunes and played corn hole…

And just before heading over to the ‘Shoe – in toast to the game we were about to attend – I had one of the best new liqueurs I have tried in a long time: Domaine de Canton. Another product currently not distributed in Ohio, I picked up a sample bottle at Tales of the Cocktail this summer in New Orleans. Domaine de Canton is a ginger liqueur with a very rich and satisfying mouth-feel and endless possibilities for cocktail development. Once I am able to procure more of exotic elixir I’ll definitely be including a new recipe for this product in a future blog post.

And by the way… that other Big Ten school won its game last weekend and is coming to visit in November.  Go Bucks! (err, Go _ _ _ _ eyes!)

Creepy Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins!

This Friday the Graduate Human Resources Association (GHRA) planned a social event to go to Terrorfest, a huge and very creepy haunted house in the Brewery District of Columbus and then go out after in the Gateway (a section of High St right off of campus).  I was really excited because our class hasn’t done a whole lot of out of class bonding.  Well…I was excited until I remembered what exactly a haunted house entails…creepy people, strobe lights and screaming.

I decided to suck it up and go.  We had about 26ish people go, a mix of first years, second years and friends and significant others.  Somehow…I don’t know how.. I ended up being at the front of our group (the worst place ever!) with Samantha, a second year who I work with.  We were pretty brave for the first 2-3 minutes or so, but then you kind of get tired of people jumping out at you all the time so we rotated back to the middle of the group 🙂

We all made it through the entire haunted house, chainsaws and all and I was actually surprised at how fun it was.  I started talking to the people who were scaring us and laughing and it was a very good bonding experience for everyone.  We all then drove back to the Gateway and went out to Ugly Tuna, a bar/restaurant.  The food seemed good they had a bunch of fun margarita drinks and it seems like it gets a pretty good crowd!

Overall it was a really good night and fun to do some out of class bonding and get to know some of the second years better as well.  They are such a good resource to ask about classes and interviews and companies and they are willing to share anything you want to know.

So thanks to Lauren Griffith and the rest of the GHRA social chairs/committee for organizing the event it was fun!!

(for pictures check out LaToya’s MLHR blog she was the smart one who remembered her camera!)

Wilco and studying for my first midterm

Last night I went to the Wilco concert at the Wexner Center. I was fortunate enough to get seats in the second row and it proved to be one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a while. They played a good mix of old and new stuff and it all sounded great. Unfortunately, the show didn’t end until about 11:45 PM so I was very glad that I planned ahead and did my reading for class before I went to the show. You can read reviews of the show here and here and look at pictures here.

Now that we are in the 4th week of the quarter, things are starting to get a little stressful. I have my first midterm on the 20th and another midterm and a project due each of the weeks after that. Saturday I am heading to South Bend, Indiana for the Notre Dame – USC football game so I am planning on studying for the test most of the day on Sunday. I have kept up with most of the assignments so I am hoping that I won’t have to do too much cramming.

In other sports, the Blue Jackets are 4-1, their best start in franchise history! Unfortunately, I don’t get to watch a lot of their games this quarter because of class but I am very excited about their prospects this season after the fast start. If you are a sports fan, you need to try and get down to a game.

Below are a few pictures from the Wilco concert. They were taken with “T-bone”‘s iPhone since I forgot to charge the camera’s battery.

A case of the Mondays

Yesterday was one of the busiest days I have had so far in the program. Below is a description of how it became hectic along with how well it ended.

Sunday night

2:13 am: The Phillies have just won game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies, a game that had me on the edge of my seat most of the time, and the rest standing with my Phillies fitted hat and Ryan Howard jersey on clapping and talking to the TV. So now that the game is over, and having no chance at falling asleep, I am able to finish the last three pages of the case study that we had to read to be prepared for our Organizational Behavior class (one of my favorite) at 8:30 am. At around 3 am I tuck myself under the sheets, leaving the blinds open so I don’t oversleep.

Monday

6:50 am: I proceed to wake up before my alarm and start to get ready for the day. I don’t plan on being back until later in the evening due to some events I am scheduled to attend so eat a hearty breakfast (raisin bran crunch), pack a snack for the time between classes, gather my books and head off to the bus at around 8.

8:14: The campuscabs_bus bus finally makes it. I walk out of my building about two blocks past the law school to a stop where the Campus Loop North bus picks students up about every 8 mins. Since I was the only one there, I must had gotten there right after the last bus came.

8:30: Organizational Behavior begins. I am wide awake but physically tired. I never drink coffee, and never had but I may need to if I keep this schedule up.

10:18: Class is over, we had a great discussion about financial incentives that had a lot of class participation. This is what makes it fun. I grab my snack and off to Accounting which starts at 10:30.

10:40: The lights are low. The power point is up. We are going over Cash flow statements. I feel my eyes getting heavy.

11:00: Nope I didn’t fall asleep, but I got a little energy boost from my yogurt and I am back to running on all fours. The topic isn’t the most interesting but I make sure to have the slides on my laptop along with a word doc open to take notes in. This makes the class a little more interactive to me.

12:18: Accounting class is over but I need to RUN to the Center of Real Estate for a meeting with my adviser (I work in the Center of Real Estate as a teaching assistant for an MBA level Real Estate class and also on projects that the Center is working on). I debate running to Subway first and bring a sandwich with me but I decide not to. Even though my adviser and I get along really well, I didn’t want to make him wait for me.

1:20: I leave my meeting and run to a small deli behind the architecture school across the street. I proceed to eat my chicken wrap as I walk back to Fisher. Very impressed I was able to eat it without getting anything on myself since it was a little messy.

1:30: I get to my Enhanced Professional Interchange Class. Although I am starting to get exhausted from all of the running around this class is not your typical MBA class. It is a class that teaches you presentation techniques. The teacher keeps the class very involved with people coming to the front often to work on techniques. Next thing you know the class is over

3:18: I head to the grad lounge to relax for a few mins. I had signed up for a discussion held by the MBA Finance Club that featured  William M. Issac, former chair of the FDIC which starts 4:oo.

5:00: For the last hour we had a discussion about the recent economic crisis and also a short history lesson about some of the factors that contributed to it. Mr. Issac was very interesting and I was surprised how informative the session was and how much I learned. But no stopping now. Off to my Fisher Professional Serves Conference call.

5:30: I meet with my group for ProjectOne, the initial project for a for profit student run consultancy program. We huddle around a phone for the next half hour and listen to a VP from a Fortune 500 organization explain the project and some of the uses of what we will be asked to help create a plan for. After the call my group decides to start thinking of some ideas over the next week and bounce them off each other via e-mail. Now I get to head home

6:07: Phillies Hat? Check! Phillies Jersey? Check! Sitting on the couch after a long day about to watch an amazing game 4 win over the Rockies to take us to the NLCS? Priceless!Phillies